16 Ways to Cut Costs & Save

As I mentioned in my previous post, 2/3 of the Oracle maintenance investment is in the product.  Leveraging the functions and features of the product will create efficiencies.  Efficiencies drive savings.  Savings equals greater ROI.  Greater ROI increases profitability.  Enough said.

Oracle did a great job on compiling this. Our customers did a great job using these features and services.  They serve as examples for the rest to follow.

16 Ways to Cut Costs & Save

I’ve read all the industry reports out there.  Everyone has a top-10 list out there on how to save money.  (Can we just leave those to Letterman?)  I digress.  Reductions in support fees don’t even crack the top five.  That’s like canceling your insurance policies on your home and car.  Ironically, what IS in the top five, is leveraging, using and implementing what has already been purchased.

Oracle knows that customers use less than 10% of the included product features and functions.

Investments in products have been made.  That investment has become unrealized and untapped, not unworthy.

Comments:

Wow customers use less then 10% of features that is a number I would have never guessed that low

Posted by Mike on January 28, 2009 at 05:06 AM EST #

It's surprising I know. But, even in my own polling with customer's, it's nearly identical. I've heard that statistic spoken on more than one occasion at Oracle events. Oracle does also survey our customers during the year, including at OpenWorld. As a test for anybody, take the Product Datasheet, like 10g or 11g and run down the list. http://www.oracle.com/technology/products/database/oracle10g/pdf/twp_general_10gdb_product_family.pdf or http://www.oracle.com/technology/products/database/oracle11g/pdf/database-11g-product-family-technical-whitepaper.pdf How many of the standard features are in use at your company?

Posted by Chris Warticki on January 28, 2009 at 07:03 AM EST #

yeah any features you want that come in a $800 MS SQL version will cost you six-figures in oracle. They know how to separate out replication, etc so you need to go bankrupt to run it. Good for them there are enough suckers out there. They want another 2 lbs of flesh for support this year. Stuff your ROI's I got SQL in other sites and it's a fraction of the cost in software, support, DBAs to nursemaid the system, consultants (since unless you won the lotto you can't buy enought DBA's to manage the system), software maintenance and downtime. Yep that is right--I got a weird bug and I'm gonna be down again. I'd go SQL 2005 over 10g anyday--I can have one DBA run 4 SQL 2005 sites and I got one higher end DBA and multiple consultants just to run 1 oracle database. I used to be a MS hater but Oracle turned me around. Maybe if you are fortune 500 bank (although not many of these seem to be left) there are some features?? I thought reliability would be one but I had better uptime in an old SQL 2000 system. Run--anyone you can read this--please run for your own good--save yourself---for me I'm redoing a system as soon as I can to run on SQL server. It's too late for me---they tricked me and I'm stuck in oracle for now. RUN--your sanity and wallet wils thank me later

Posted by Andrew on February 22, 2009 at 03:42 PM EST #

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Chris Warticki
Support Specialist, Presenter Extraordinaire, Toastmaster & self-proclaimed Support "spokesmodel".

Chris has been working for Oracle for over 15 years. Chris educates customers how to maximize their Support investment and leverage the support tools and available resources as part of Premier Support.

Chris works for Global Customer Management and speaks with customers on all topics regarding Oracle support services

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